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Once upon a time, on a day during the summer before his senior year of high school, a young man rescued a tiny white kitten from a tree. The next day, he was approached by another cat, who informed him that he had saved the princess of the cat society, and so smitten was she with his heroics, that she wanted to grant him a wish.
But choosing a wish is not on Lee's priority list, so he ends up stuck with the ability to talk to cats until he does.
Lee's story isn't about cats. He's seventeen, and all he should have to worry about is getting into a college where he can study biology. And maybe trying to not ruin the relationship he has with the only real friend he's got. Frank has been his best friend since grade two, and didn't doubt Lee for a second when he announced that he suddenly had the power to talk to cats. But things are changing between them, and Lee has to learn to be sensitive to the economic and social differences between them if he's going to save their relationship.
Prince of Cats is set in the year 2003, in a county situated on the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border of the Delaware River. It's an area of economic diversity, where Lee, living comfortably in the upper middle class, attends school with everyone from the rich to the poor. But it is not a racially diverse area, nor a progressive one, and the conservative climate makes life difficult for minorities like Frank. A code of silence prevails for the sexually deviant, so when one of the boys is outed as gay to the rest of the school, life gets even more complicated.
Prince of Cats is a love story that spans a year of their high school drama.